Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is racism, let me bring justice. Where there is discrimination, let me bring equality. Where there is division, let me build a bridge. Where there are lies, let me bring truth. Where there is bitterness, let me bring forgiveness. Where there is confusion, let me bring light.
It wouldn’t be much of a shocker, if I were to tell you that we live in a fallen world. It is quite obvious. Racial tension has not only divided our country profoundly, it has lead to the death of too many good men, both citizens and law enforcement on our streets.
Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, and many others gun down by the very people commissioned to protect them. Scott Leslie Bashioum Justin Martin, Anthony “Tony” Beminio and many others Policemen and women ambushed and killed by the very people they did their best to protect on a daily basis.
This must stop!
The 2016 elections, as we all know was marked by racism and hatred. Instead of helping to lead a change or heal this racial divide, most on the top continue to deal in this demonic, and sinful decease of racism, segregation and bigotry.
In the main time most of the so-called spiritual leaders we look up to are silent on these issues. It seems like most of them have turned a blind eye to the injustices, and racism their fellow citizens face every day. On the other hand most followers of Christ spend their time and energy insulting one another on social media.
They waste their time debating who’s right and who’s wrong, often times talking over one another and missing the opportunity to understand. This makes it difficult to bring healing to this racial divide.
Allow me to pose this pertinent question: What must we do in moments like these? I’ am afraid we can not stay silent. We must speak up for those who cannot speak. We must pray for the weak. We must stand by the refugee, the down trodden, the marginalized, the disenfranchised. We must let our voice be heard that we can do better. We must seek to listen and understand. We must be agents of change.
We have a ministry to fulfill.
“Through Christ, God has reconciled us to himself and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
We have been given a ministry of reconciliation. This is what we need to be about. We must be bridge builders. We must be peace makers. For those are the people who are true son of God.
Father, I thank you for giving me the ministry of reconciliation. In the same spirit that moved you to draw me to you – I step out to draw others to me. To those whom I have hurt by my words, my action and my deeds, I seek their forgiveness. To those who have hurt me, I forgive. I seek to understand those who have a different opinion or point of view than mine. I give the benefit of the doubt instead of rushing to judgment. I resist the urge to be negative and critical. I choose to look for the best in others. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, therefore I will not judge by what I see and decide by what I hear. Racism and reverse racism shall not be my portion. For I have a ministry of reconciliation and I am a repairer of broken walls that divide, streets that are fill with violence and homes that are broken. In Jesus’ Name – Amen!